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It's Friday!!!! Fridays have a whole new meaning to me now.   It means I get 2 whole days with my Jace face! Ah yaya. Here is something to get you amped up for the weekend!  

Jace at 5 months


Baby blue eyes is 5 months. Gol. Time is flying. He is just about sitting up on his own, prefers to sleep out of the swaddle now and on his side, loves his back rubbed. He is still a hot little guy, he sweats in the car seat, in the bed, in his stroller. Every where. The back of his mullet hair is always wet from sweat, ha. He still loves to observe everyone and gaze into eyes. He can almost hold his own bottle, is starting to eat baby food {sweet potatoes and bananas!} and wants everything in his mouth. Oh, and he's definitely teething -- if he's not sweating he's drooling. Hates the "binkie" and has officially found his thumb. Sleeping and napping is so wonderful with him. He'll rest his head on your pillow, stare into your eyes, then slowly fall asleep. It melts my heart. To wake up and see his little face. He still is sleeping all through the night and can even fall asleep on his own to just a little music. We seriously have been so incredibly blessed to have such a happy-go-lucky boy. He isn't afraid of anyone yet and will offer a smile to anyone who is goofy and friendly enough. He is such a bundle of love. Our bundle of love. And boy do we love him. Can't even stand it.  Pretty sure he's addicted to kisses and cuddles and wiggles. Or, maybe we are.

Happy birthday my love

Posting this a little late, but here are a few shots from Rob's 30th birthday. Starting with the Gentlemen's Chocolate Whiskey Cake I made. I'm not going to brag, but I'm going to. It tasted like it was professionally made. A little bit of coffee, a little bit of dark chocolate, a little bit of whiskey. Amazing and right up Rob's alley. Pretty sure I'll be making this for his birthday every year ;)





I especially like Rob's birthday this year because I've been pretty lonely as the only 30-year old around here. Now I get to be 30 with my love for a few months. This man of mine is pretty special. Seeing his kindness and love for others continues to inspire me, but the way Jace looks at him is a whole new kind of love to observe. Jace loves his Daddy so much already. They giggle and snuggle and nap and play and fly around the house. The truest of best friends already. Happy birthday my love. You were born to be a father, and Jace is your biggest fan {next to me that is}.

Smoked chocolate chip s'more cookies

I'm so one of those girls who work out on the weekend so I can eat really bad on the weekend. And  the other weekend I had a friend to help me indulge! We decided on smoked chocolate chip s'more cookies. You are going to love this recipe. If you like smoked, chocolatey S'mores, this cookie is for you. And baking around my house now involves Jace. Pretty sure we took more pictures of him than we did of the actual steps of the recipe, ha. I just know he's going to love food as much as me. What a sweetie.  I really couldn't have asked for a better Saturday afternoon. Baking outside, with my bestie and son? And then I got to eat fresh out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies after? Amazing day in my books.



{Jace face hanging with the ladies}


{Best bib ever. Foxes on mint?! Love}







{Baking sure is tiring}




 And just when you think you're getting some great food shots, your 9-year lhasa apso decides to take a pee right in the camera's view {lol}. Nice, Lucy.
Now, here's the recipe!!

Smoked Chocolate Chip S'more Cookies

1 cup graham cracker crumbs (from about 7-8 whole crackers)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 oz (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of Hot Cakes' smoked chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows 
Preheat oven to 325 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper {always a must in my book!}.
In a medium bowl, whisk the graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking soda, and salt together. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and beat just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and marshmallows.
Drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets {I use a cookie dough scooper}, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-12 minutes (I did 1 tray at a time), then remove from the oven. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Eat right out of the oven for the best flavor, with milk of course. 

Tahoe Gal


One of the little things I planned for us while on the North shore of Tahoe, was a boat ride on Tahoe Gal! It was the most beautiful afternoon for a happy hour cruise.  Little boy did so great, and we all had fun staring out onto the lake.  The pictures will say the rest.

{yeah, yeah, you have big muscles. We get it.}




{jace face!}





{my flinstone feet}